Hello and happy Monday! Yesterday was my half marathon (which I’ll recap tomorrow!), and I am wiped out! This weekend was ultra busy with running, picking up race packets, traversing about Dallas, and I am having the kind of Monday where I am almost certain that I am actually asleep, and my subconscious knows my daily routine so well that I am just powering on auto-pilot right now. If this posts begins to trail off with a bunch of incoherent sentences, or just a bunch of numbers and letters, than that may be a sign that I’ve actually powered down, but while I’m still a functioning human being let’s recap my Dash Down Greenville 5k from this past Saturday!
What I Wore:
- Short sleeve (green, because obviously) over a long sleeve t-shirt.
- New Balance running tights
- Saucony Kinvara 5 Runshield shoes
- Headband (Target) to cover my ears.
- Apple Watch
Being that the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dallas is normally out of control in terms of crowd volume, my dad (and the rest of the North Texas area) took the train into Greenville early Saturday morning in an effort to forgo any parking nightmares. The race didn’t start till 8:30 am, but to get there in time and account for the train schedule, we were up and at it a little before 7 am. To make the early morning commute even more enjoyable, the temperature had dropped a good twenty degrees the night before so it was COLD. I hate layering up for a run because it makes me extra bulky, but I’m not like the hardcore runners who roll up to a race in shorts and sports bra when it’s 40 degrees outside (how do you guys do it?? Are you built with robot parts??), so a t-shirt over a long sleeve had to do.
The course takes place 100% on the road, as you are going down an actual street in Dallas, and through a nearby neighborhood. The course is mostly flat with the exception of a couple of mildly steep hills, but nothing too challenging. I opted to walk the hills given that my half marathon was the following day, I wanted to take it easy on myself. Also, the race crowd was a little over 6000+ participants, so I’m not sure if really anyone had an opportunity to PR given all of the congestion. There were several stop and start moments at the beginning of the race due to people trying to dodge each other, and one point a runner dropped their phone and that caused another “Oops sorry!” moment as we all slammed into each other due to a sudden stop. I’ve never participated in Black Friday, but that race sure felt like I was in Walmart circa whenever Tickle Me Elmo was a big deal.
How I felt:
Given that I didn’t really push myself too hard, I felt pretty good. At most I was just frustrated with all of the stop and go action, and it being unreasonably cold (the whole week had been A+ weather, and then BOOM it was Winter Round II). However, it’s always fun seeing the day drunk (8 am…) spectators cheering you on and high fiving from the sidelines, plus running amongst a sea of green is pretty cool too!
Despite my whining about the crowds, it really was a lot of fun and I’m glad that I got to participate for the third year in a row! Also, I failed to get a photo, but much like last year, the line for free beer was almost a 5k distance within itself, so I opted for a my free Muscle Milk which had zero people in line. I think the free beer was Guinness Black, which in my opinion should be used to clean a garbage disposal, but that’s just me. I apologize to anyone who is Irish, or anyone who can stand Guinness that may have been offended, but it’s not my cup of